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Edinburgh this May

May is a mild spring month in Edinburgh. The month sees a variety of events take place with Whisky Month being a prominent event celebrated by both locals and those across the globe throughout the month. As the weather picks up with warmer temperatures arriving it is a perfect time to visit the city with many fantastic attractions to visit, from iconic landmarks to hidden gems.

Here’s what’s on in Edinburgh in May 2022.

All details given below are subject to change. Please contact the event organisers for the most up-to-date information.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

The Illegal Eagles, Edinburgh Playhouse, 1 May

Teddy Thomson, Queens Hall, 1 May

The Good, the Bad and the Rugby, Usher Hall, 3 May

Derren Brown: Showman, Edinburgh Playhouse, 3 – 7May

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: The Echoes Tour, Usher Hall, 4 May

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, Usher Hall, 5 May

Nederlands Dans Theater, Festival Theatre, 6 May

The Robert Cray Band, Queens Hall, 7 May

Oti Mabuse: I Am Here, Festival Theatre, 8 May

The Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour, Edinburgh Playhouse, 8 May

The Shires, Liquid Room, 8 May

Russell Brand: 33, EICC, 8 May

Gary Numan, O2 Academy, 9 May

Keith Urban, Edinburgh Playhouse, 9 May

Cluedo, King’s Theatre, 10 – 14 May

Rock of Ages, Edinburgh Playhouse, 10 – 14 May

Anything Goes, Festival Theatre, 11 – 15 May

Rumer, Queens Hall, 13 May

Jo Whiley: 90s Anthems Tour 2022, 02 Academy, 13 May

Brothers Osborne, Queens Hall, 15 May

MARINA, O2 Academy, 17 May

Bianca Del Rio, Usher Hall, 17 May

Dirty Dancing In Concert, Usher Hall, 18 May

The Charlatans, O2 Academy, 19 May

Simon Amstell, Queens Hall, 19 May,

Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder, The Stand, 22 May

Brydon, Mack And Mitchell: Town To Town, Edinburgh Playhouse, 23 May

Tony Hadley: 40th Anniversary Tour, Usher Hall, 24 May

Wuthering Heights, King’s Theatre, 25 – 28 May

Bill Bailey: En Route to Normal, Edinburgh Playhouse,25 May

‘Stratagem’ with Alan Partridge Live, Edinburgh Playhouse, 26 May

Lorde: The Solar Power Tour, Usher Hall, 26 May

Graeme Hall: The Dog father, Queens Hall, 26 May

Menopause The Musical 2, Edinburgh Playhouse, 27 May

Katherine Ryan: Missus, Edinburgh Playhouse, 28 May

John Barrowman: I Am What I Am, Usher Hall, 28 May

Strictly Come Dancing: Professionals, Festival Theatre,29 May

John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension, Usher Hall, 31 May


Festivals and Special Events

Van Gogh Alive, Festival Square, 17 Mar – 17 Jul

TradFest Edinburgh, various venues, 29 Apr – 9 May

Whisky Month, various venues, 1 – 31 May

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, various venues, 7 – 15 May

Scottish Vegan Festival, 02 Academy, 8 May

Pint Of Science Festival, various venues, 9 – 11 May

FLY Open Air Festival, Princes Street Gardens, 21 – 22 May

StagEHd Festival, Ross Bandstand, 28 – 29 May


Markets, Fairs and Workshops

Edinburgh Farmers Market, Castle Terrace, every Sat

Grassmarket Weekly Market, Grassmarket, every Sat

Leith Market, Dock Place, every Sat

Ocean Terminal Market, Ocean Terminal, every Sat &Sun

Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street, every Sun

Castle St Fair, Castle Street, 2 – 8 May

Edinburgh Antiques & Collectors Fair, RHC, 14-15 May

Edinburgh Flea Market, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 28 May


Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

Cauleen Smith: H-E-L-L-O, Collective, 22 Jan – 1 May

The Art of Wallpaper – Morris & Co. Dovecot Studios, 28Jan – 11 Jun

You are here 2022, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 5Feb – 8 Jan

Audubon’s Birds of America, National Museum of Scotland, 12 Feb – 8 May

The Living Legacy of William Morris, Dovecot Studios,19 Feb – 16 Jul

Seven Portraits: Surviving the Holocaust, Palace of Holyroodhouse, 17 Mar – 6 Jun

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse, 25 Mar – 25 Sep

Meet me at the Threshold, Talbot Rice Gallery, 26 Mar –21 May

Book of Hours, National Museum of Scotland, 31 Mar –2 Aug

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 9 Apr – 2 Oct

Japanese Contemporary Design, National Museum of Scotland, 6 May – 5 Mar

National Treasure: The Scottish Modern ArtsAssociation, City Art Centre, 21 May – 16 Oct


Sport and Fundraising Events

Target Ovarian Cancer: Walk or Run, Holyrood Park, 8 May

Edinburgh Marathon Festival, various routes, 29 May


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